Mark Dayton has been running for — sometimes winning, sometimes losing — elective office for almost three decades. But waiting out election day never gets easier, he said after voting this morning in Minneapolis.
“Elections don’t happen so often that you ever get used to them,’’ said Dayton. “… But this is a day the candidates are silent and the voters do the speaking.’’
After voting late this morning, Dayton was headed for a workout (40 minutes on an elliptical machine). After that he planned to take one of his German shepherds to see a vet specializing in cancer treatments at the University of Minnesota, then join his father, Bruce, and sons, Eric and Andrew, for dinner in Long Lake. (Although Bruce Dayton is a lifelong Republican, the candidate said he was sure he’d get his father’s vote. “Blood is thicker than politics,’’ Dayton said.)
Dayton will join DFLers for their election-night event at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis.
Republican candidate Tom Emmer voted earlier this morning in Delano, after an all-night campaign swing through Minnesota. He’ll follow results at the Republian Party’s election headquarters, the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington. Tom Horner, who voted in Edina this morning, will join IPers at the Minnetonka Sheraton.